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Research into the psychological benefits of self-compassion is an emerging trend in psychology. I actually prefer the term self kindness. Self-compassion is about learning alternative responses when you are experiencing psychological suffering (suffering includes when...

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This is a technique I use in sessions with clients that you can try yourself. Imagine back to a situation in which you needed an adult to be responsive to you and they weren’t. It...

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Most of the strategies that work for people who have “disorders” like depression or anxiety disorders, also work well for dealing with life in general. I like to try out the strategies I recommend to...

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– Fill a big bowl with iced water (i.e. water and ice) so that it is really cold. Dip your face into it (for less than a minute) – Dig your finger nails into your...

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Strategy for Feeling Instantly Calmer

June 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

You can use this strategy when you’re feeling – anxious, – tense, and/or – overly sped up, or like your thoughts and feelings are racing. An emotion is essentially just a set of physiological responses....

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The last couple of weeks I’ve been practicing mindfulness of self criticism. I’m attempting to notice when I’ve got a self critical internal monologue going on, rather than my own self criticism being so automatic...

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Here are some questions you can ask yourself if you are feeling anxious about an upcoming social interaction. Let’s for example imagine you want to ask someone out on a date. Question 1: What do...

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I read some research awhile back (I can’t remember where sorry!) that said that people’s spare time usually occurs in chunks of 40 minutes or less. The time I have to work on admin tasks...

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Procrastination Tip: Next Action

May 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

If you have a “B” task that you have been putting off (read here to find out what a “B” task is) try asking yourself what the “next action” required is. Your answer should be...

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Now that is this blog is starting to have a nice, wee community of readers (through the subscriptions and the Facebook page), I thought I’d experiment with doing a community project. Pleasure and sense of...

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